After a few Digitone-only live sets at work and Twitch I bought again a Digitakt to add a few samples, have more tracks available to reduce the need of p-locks on the Digitone and hoping to make transitions smoother. After trying the DigitPair a few times, I think my playing style is not compatible with it. Besides muting/unmuting tracks, changing parameters while playing and the occasional Ctrl All, I also change patterns while playing to compensate lack of kits. Doing this in two different places adds complexity I don’t want.
I’ve kept my pre-programmed sequences in the Digitone and then used the Digitakt to add extra percussion while I play. I feel I’m under-utilizing the Digitakt in this setup. An alternative is using only one box to sequence everything which adds hassle and removes the ability of easily p-locking parameters while playing for one of the boxes.
In the end, I’m thinking to settle for using one Elektron box at a time with the possibility for adding a simple extra box if I ever wanted more variety of sounds. For example Digitakt + Knob-per-function monosynth or Digitone + simple drum machine/percussion synth.
Smooth transitions are still an issue, the usage of transition patterns dictates a certain order for a set and excessive live mangling of a pattern makes transitions hard. Maybe a simple looper that allows for mixing between the loop and the original source for DJ-style transitions can be useful, is something like a KP3+ useful for this?
Does anyone have similar experiences? How have you improved your live workflow over the years?